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24
Mar

JDRF T1 Youth Ambassadors organise indoor skydives that raise £9,000

JDRF puts on lots of different events throughout the year, but they don't get much more exciting than Come Fly With Us - the indoor skydive which happened on 15 March and raised a huge £9,000 to support JDRF's work to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Organised by JDRF T1 Youth Ambassadors Daniel Walls, Laura Dunion and Mimi Astle, there were three events across the country, in Milton Keynes, Basingstoke and Manchester.

Indoor skydiving is just like normal skydiving, except it’s done in a giant flight chamber that’s a bit like a wind tunnel. 

A big thank you to all who took part, even Rufus who also learnt to skydive.

JDRF will be organising another Indoor Skydive on Saturday 22 November, so keep an eye on the website for more details.

To find out more about becoming a T1 Youth Ambassador, click here »

27
Jan

Team of six to cycle across six countries in six days for JDRF

A team of six JDRF supporters are planning to cycle 500 miles across six European countries in six days this April to raise money for JDRF.

Team JDRFluxembourgcycle are Charlie Dunn and five friends from Essex (pictured right along with support staff). Charlie’s nine-month-old son Frank was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year. This incredible challenge will involve the amateur cyclists pedalling from Orsett in Essex to Luxembourg in just six days, a grand total of 500 miles.

Charlie and his team have already raised over £ 2,500 for JDRF. We would like to say a big thank you to Charlie and good luck for this brilliant challenge. If you would like to find out more and support JDRFluxembourgcycle you can do so at justgiving.com/JDRFluxembourgcycle

18
Oct

JDRF meets business leaders in spectacular skyline setting

London’s iconic Gherkin was the location for a prestigious event involving some of the capital’s most influential business figures – getting together for the benefit of JDRF.

The business breakfast, which took place on Thursday 17 October, was hosted by JDRF and its Corporate Leadership Group. The spectacular venue was very generously secured for the charity by long-term supporter and Board member Dominic Christian, Chairman of Aon Benfield.

Ruth Caulfield, Corporate Development Fundraiser, at JDRF, said: “We were delighted that some of the City’s leading talents could join us to hear about how their company can support JDRF.”

“Dominic Christian also very kindly opened the event for us, and we heard inspirational speeches from Rachel Engel, Senior Manager at Macquarie Bank, and from JDRF team members.” 

She added: “It was a huge success, leaving us optimistic that our on-going discussions will result in some very exciting new partnerships.”

If you would like to find out how your company can get involved with JDRF, please contact our Corporate Team on [email protected] or 020 7841 3656.

05
Aug

City headhunter makes the recruitment selection of his life – for JDRF transatlantic voyage

City headhunter Harry Martin-Dreyer has just made the biggest recruitment selection of his life - picking who will share a two-man rowing boat with him for an epic charity voyage across the Atlantic.

Harry, 26, who works for a financial search firm, has chosen his close friend Alex Bland, a former investment manager at Smith & Williamson, to help him row the treacherous 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Barbados.

The pair will undertake the voyage entirely unaided. Under the searing heat of the sun and through the night, they will be rowing alternately on two hour shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for up to three months, facing the risk of tropical storms, huge waves, colossal super tankers and even sharks. They will experience acute physical pain, sleep deprivation and psychological exhaustion along the way.

 The goal behind their voyage is to raise a total of £100,000 for JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity, and Cure Leukaemia, a Midlands based blood cancer charity. The two young men have deeply personal connections to the two charities. Alex’s brother lives with type 1 diabetes. Harry’s mother, Alexandra Martin, sadly died in March after her recovery from leukaemia was cut short by severe pneumonia. 

 Harry and Alex are currently both in training to gain 25kg in bodyweight, to compensate for what they will lose during the row. They begin their voyage in December, when winds should be favourable for an east to west Atlantic crossing.

The feat is something still only a small number of people have tried and even fewer completed – at the last count the Ocean Rowing Society acknowledged only 286 successful Atlantic rows. This is far fewer than have climbed Everest, and half the number that have been into space.

 The voyage is to be known as Rafayel Rowing 4 Research, following the generous decision of Rafayel on the Left Bank – Battersea’s environmentally-conscious luxury hotel – to sponsor it.

 Harry said: "All families affected by leukaemia and type 1 diabetes have faced tough challenges. That's why we wanted to take on this huge task on behalf of these two special charities. The money raised will help to fund vital medical research into both leukaemia and type 1 diabetes."

On a lighter note, he added: “As a City recruiter, I always look for determination, guts and stamina in my candidates. Alex has all those skills and more. Now he just needs to learn how to row.”

 Michael Connellan of JDRF said: “Alex and Harry are two normal City workers who have decided to undertake an immense and heroic charity journey. The funds they raise will provide a great boost for our mission to prevent, treat and find the cure for type 1 diabetes. We are deeply grateful.”

James McLaughlin, Cure Leukaemia CEO, said: “This is a huge challenge that Harry and Alex are taking on and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them behind us during our tenth anniversary year. With their support, we can raise vital funds for specialist nurses to administer lifesaving drug trials.”

If you want to back their charity adventure with a donation, please visit www.rowing4research.com 

05
Aug

JDRF supporters ride with pride in the first Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

On Sunday a team of 143 JDRF supporters donned their cycling jerseys to take part in the first ever Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event.

More than 15,000 cyclists took on the challenging 100 mile route, which took cyclists out of the capital and into Surrey where they faced the gruelling climbs of Leith Hill and Box Hill. Cyclists then headed back into London to push toward the finish line on The Mall.

A team of six elite cyclists took part in the event for JDRF. Two of the six had type 1 diabetes, and as a team they completed the event in an impressive 4 hours and 19 minutes, just 15 minutes behind the winner of the event.

All JDRF cyclists completed the challenging route, with Jeff Astle and his brother John (pictured) even taking a break to do a live interview for Sky News en route. Jeff’s nine-year-old daughter Mimi was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was seven months old. Many of the JDRF cyclists either have type 1 or are closely related to someone with type 1, and between them they are on track to raise over £250,000 to help JDRF support research into type 1 diabetes.

Greg Billinge, who has type 1 and took part in the event, said:

‘Being part of the first ever Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 was a real privilege. Every JDRF cycling top I saw made me push even harder and the JDRF supporters in Kingston and Dorking raised huge cheers for us all. From the military precision at the Olympic Park to the crowds on The Mall spurring on the (attempted!) sprint finishes, it was a glorious day all round. This was my first JDRF event and will certainly be the first of many.’

Elizabeth Isle, JDRF’s Challenge Events Fundraiser, said:

‘JDRF was incredibly excited to take part in this brand new event with such a large team of JDRF cyclists. It was a fantastic day with all 143 members of the team completing the 100 mile route. Thank you to all the supporters who came to cheer on the cyclists, and of course to the cyclists whose hard work over the last few months means we are one step closer to the cure.’

The ballot for next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 opens on Monday 12 August 2013 – visit the official website to enter. You can also apply for a place on Team JDRF here.

We are also delighted to launch a brand new cycle event for 2014 – the Tour de Type 1. Cycle the first stage of next year’s Tour de France when it visits the UK, choosing between the entire 118 miles, or reduced versions of 85 and 58 miles.

31
Jul

Are you the type to help someone with type 1 diabetes?

How far will the people of Glasgow go to help a guy with type 1 diabetes?

JDRF has welcomed the launch of a short funny film that has been made by supporters for the charity’s benefit.

The clip features a man stealing drinks and snacks to raise his low blood glucose – while managing to avoid getting punched. This film was kindly paid for by ASCO Group, and produced and created by The Leith Agency, to persuade people to support JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes events.

The Walks take place across the country in September and October.

If you want to show your support, share the video with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter (#jdrfwalktocure). And if you've been inspired, sign up now to your nearest Walk, and show that it’s not just Glaswegians who’ll help someone with type 1 diabetes.

Find your nearest Walk here.

26
Jun

Glorious Great Gatsby Gala raises huge sum for type 1 diabetes research

JDRF staged a sparkling Great Gatsby Gala at the Waldorf Hotel in London – raising a phenomenal £85,500 thanks to the wonderful generosity of our guests.

In the winter of 1921-1922, a Canadian medical scientist named Sir Frederick Grant Banting was a co-discoverer of insulin. 

JDRF wanted a 1920s theme for a night to celebrate this historic, life-saving discovery – so what better than the classic 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, written by F Scott Fitzgerald and now in cinemas as part of a Baz Luhrmann adaptation?

The night of dinner, dancing and decadence, at the five star Waldorf Hotel on 20 June, saw a raffle, silent auction and live auction raise the huge figure, which will support JDRF’s research to better treat, prevent and eventually cure type 1 diabetes.

Hannah Gripton, JDRF’s Senior Fundraiser for London, said:

'What a special evening that was. Thank you so much to all those who donated – and a special thanks to the champagne reception sponsor Blossom Healthcare, the organising committee and all the volunteers.'

Photos from the night

Photography by Miles Hart – www.mileshartphotography.co.uk

21
May

London puts the wheels in motion to find the cure

Last Friday, London office workers donned their cycling shorts in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes event, raising £33,500 to support JDRF's work to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes

The event, which took place at The Royal Exchange, Bank, challenged 43 teams of five to push their bodies to the limit over eight-minute interval sprints on static exercise bikes. JDRF was thrilled by the high uptake, with competitors either had a personal experience of type 1 diabetes or simply relished the competitive element of the event.

Macquarie Group Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Macquarie Group, was the main funder for the London Ride to Cure Diabetes. This is the fifth series of bike-a-thons organised by JDRF, which are happening up and down the country in cities including Salisbury, Leeds, Bristol and Manchester

Teams included staff from the Macquarie Group and Mistubushi, AIG, Schroders and RBS.

 The fastest team, from Spin City Schroders achieved a distance of 32,272 metres in 40 minutes. Peter Marsland, from Schroders, was crowned the ‘King of Ride’, covering 7,104 metres in eight minutes and Rafaela Pozzi, from London City Selection Group was crowned the ‘Queen of Ride’ with a distance of 5,551 metres.

 Louise Ingham, JDRF’s Regional Development Manager for London, said:

'We were really excited about this year’s Ride to Cure Diabetes and it was great to cheer on teams in London. Everyone who took part will be making a valuable contribution to our research, which aims to cure, treat and prevent this condition which has a life-long impact on those diagnosed with it and their families. We are entirely grateful to Macquarie for their generous support and all our other sponsors, who helped to make this happen. Well done to everyone who took part this year and here’s to next year’s challenge!'

Edward Beckley, European Head of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets said:

'Macquarie is proud to be a key supporter of JDRF in the UK and we were delighted that the Macquarie team was able to get involved raising both vital funds and the profile of type 1 diabetes. We look forward to continuing to assist JDRF’s important work for people with type 1 diabetes and their families.'

The Ride to Cure Diabetes events are part of JDRF’s wider Cycle to Cure Diabetes campaign, which encourages the public to raise money on two wheels during 2013. So if you have been inspired by the likes of Olympians Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy and want to hit the saddle, sign up today.

JDRF would like to thank this year’s other sponsors including; Watt Bikes, Boom! Cycle, Back in Action UK, The Royal Exchange, D&D London and Trainsmart.


Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

View photos from the Ride to Cure Diabetes London 2013

22
Apr

Celebrities get behind epic journey raising awareness of type 1

Some people will always go the extra mile for charity but Gavin Griffiths, a 21-year-old from Kent, is going even further. He has created the 30/30 challenge – running 30 miles every day for 30 days – with Sir Steve Redgrave MBE, boxing champion David Haye and Sir Geoff Hurst MBE all showing their support.

Gavin will be donning running shoes on Saturday 27 April to start the epic journey for JDRF and Diabetes UK. The journey will see Gavin run an incredible 30 miles every day for 30 days across the length and breadth of the UK, running approximately seven hours a day. Starting in John O’Groats, Gavin will take in the sights of Scotland, touching on the North East, the North, running through the Midlands, then the South West to complete his journey at Land’s End.

In January 2000, Gavin was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He was eight years old. Over the past five years he has become an ultra-marathon runner, completing distances including the 77 mile perimeter of the Isle of Wight and running the 44 mile trip from Hastings to Brighton.

Last summer Gavin was an Olympic torchbearer at Westgate-on-Sea and will bring the torch on his 30/30 adventure. He said:

'I’ve created the GBR 30/30 challenge, running 30 miles for 30 days, to prove that just because I have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes it doesn’t stop me achieving anything in life. Type 1 diabetes is a life-long condition but I’ll continue to remain positive and live my life to the full. Please support me in my challenge and help raise lots of money for two great charities JDRF and Diabetes UK.'

The challenge is being supported by GBR Nutrition and GlucoMen with support from the MyWhereAbouts app that will be providing Gavin a phone which will provide updates on his location, pace and miles covered each day through to supporters. 

Celebrity supporters include Sir Steve Redgrave MBE who has type 2 diabetes. Steve said:

'I would like to wish Gavin the best of luck with this sponsored run for Diabetes UK and JDRF UK, charities close to my heart. This is indeed a huge challenge and I hope Gavin succeeds as I am sure that he will do.'

Boxer David Haye said:

'I just want to wish you the best of luck in your upcoming challenge. It is a momentous task you are going out to achieve – 30 miles for 30 days! I wouldn’t even take on running a marathon as my body probably wouldn’t be able to hack it, so what you’re putting yourself through as someone with type 1 diabetes is absolutely amazing. This is me David Haye wishing you Gav all the luck in the world, go out there and do your thing!'

Legend Sir Geoff Hurst MBE said:

'I just want to wish you all the very best in your 30/30 challenge, I mean 30 miles a day for 30 days that’s fantastic! I wouldn’t like to run it any month of the year! All the very best for two great charities, and succeed! Good luck.'

Please support the challenge by donating online or by text message: enter the code GBRJ60 for JDRF or GBRD60 for Diabetes UK followed by your donation to 70070 i.e. GBRJ60 £10.

Visit www.diathlete.org for further information on Gavin's challenge.

View Gavin's itinerary »

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14
Dec

Travel executives Christmas lunch raises £10,000 for JDRF

JDRF was delighted to be chosen as the beneficiary charity of the live and silent auctions at the annual Christmas lunch of the Association of Women Travel Executives (AWTE).

The lunch was held last Tuesday at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington and was a glamorous affair where the champagne flowed and entertainment was plentiful.

Amanda Taylor chose to support JDRF when she became chair of the ATWE board. Amanda's nephew Freddie has type 1 diabetes, so the search for the cure is a cause close to her heart. When she was asked to nominate a charity to benefit from the Christmas lunch, Amanda did not hesitate in choosing JDRF.

Pilot and JDRF supporter Douglas Cairns, who has type 1 himself, was the after dinner speaker and wowed the audience with his tales of adventure, from flying to the North Pole to his around the world flight, all to raise awareness of type 1.

The auction prizes included holidays, hotel stays and a flight with Douglas himself and raised nearly £10,000 for JDRF.

Louise Ingham, Development Manager for the South, East and London, said:

‘We are hugely grateful to Amanda and the AWTE for choosing to support JDRF and to everyone who bid in the auction. The money raised at the event will help us get one step closer to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes’.

Image L-R: Douglas Cairns, Amanda Taylor, Louise Ingham

14
Dec

Matthew's Month as Morph

Matthew Wood, 39 from Wallington, has completed a full month wearing a blue Morphsuit to raise awareness for JDRF. The Sutton Guardian has featured Matthew's story on the front page of today's newspaper, and also produced a short video about his challenge which you can view on their website

World Diabetes Day challenge

Matthew’s challenge started on World Diabetes Day – 14 November 2012 – and he has since attended client and Board of School Governors meetings, ran his Scout and Brownie groups, done charity circuit training sessions, seen Gary Barlow in concert at the Royal Albert Hall and even met Santa Claus as Morph.

Matthew came up with this unusual fundraising challenge after his step-sister Caryn Bishop, a nurse from West Molesey, son Joseph was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2009, aged eight.

Joseph, a pupil at Twickenham Prep School, Hampton, become lethargic, was urinating excessively and had a constant thirst, even getting up in the middle of the night to drink from the bathroom tap. Caryn knew the symptoms of type 1 so visited her GP and they were sent straight to hospital, where this was confirmed.

Caryn said:

'After his first insulin injection, I remember Joseph asking me if he was better and I had to explain he would need these injections and finger prick tests for the rest of his life – it was heartbreaking explaining this to my eight year old son. Having to inject Joseph was not something I prepared myself for, nor was it in any parenting book, nor in my training as a nurse. I cried hysterically after he looked at me and said ‘its ok mum, it didn’t hurt’. Now some 9,000 finger prick tests and over 2,000 injections later Joseph receives insulin via a pump and does everything any other 11 year old does. He has learnt to control his type 1 instead of it controlling him.'

Matthew said:

'This was just one month out of my life and I wanted to do a challenge that was different. You will be pleased to know that I had two suits which I alternated every day and wore for approximately 16 hours per day. Joseph, unfortunately, doesn’t have a break from type 1 and by doing this I hoped to educate people about type 1 and the good work JDRF does in funding research to find the cure.'

JDRF would like to thank Matthew for coming up with such an unusual and brave fundraising challenge. If you would like to take on your own fundraising challenge, have a look at 'Your fundraising stories' and get inspired!

14
Dec

Festive fun was had by all in Bedford this year

When Jayson and Vicky Shaw from Bedford heard that their son Joshua’s clinic may not be able to hold their annual Christmas party due to lack of funds, they both sprang into action. It wasn’t long before the party was back on as they quickly gathered support from the local community and the Rotary Club of Bedford. They even had an amazing offer of free entertainment from Mad Science.

The party was held on Wednesday 12 December and twenty three children (who were all affected by type 1 diabetes in some way) enjoyed an afternoon of interactive science fun by Nitro Nick and temporary festive tattoos from Vicky. They also tucked into a cooked meal and even had a special visit from Santa, who treated the children to a gift and a bag of magic reindeer food to sprinkle on their garden on Christmas Eve.

Vicky and Jayson would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Christmas party a success. They would also like to give a special thank you to Mad Science for providing entertainment for the children free of charge.

10
Dec

JDRF supporting Phil Packer’s BRIT 2012 Challenge journey every step of the way

Phil Packer MBE, the founder of the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) is on the last leg of his incredible 2,012 mile journey, that will finish on the 18 December 2012 and would have seen him walk the equivalent of approximately 310 marathons in 331 days. JDRF is delighted to be able to join Phil in walking the last mile of his journey and will be there to show our support for such a great cause.

The journey, which started on the 24 January 2012, has seen Phil walk literally the length and breadth of the country to raise awareness for BRIT and aims to raise £15 million to build the first BRIT Centre of Inspiration in West Sussex for young people facing adversity.

Much of this time has been spent walking with young people both able bodied and with disabilities from across the mobility and cognitive spectrum that have inspired Phil to push forward with his aspiration to build a centre that caters for young people of every background and disability.

It has been a huge personal achievement for Phil who suffered a severe spinal cord injury, whilst on operational duty in Her Majesty’s Forces, where he served for 17 years. Phil was told that he was unlikely to walk again, so for him walking just a mile is the equivalent of three or four miles for someone without a spinal cord injury.

The month of December will see Phil approximately walk two-three miles in each Borough of London and JDRF fully supports Phil’s challenge.

JDRF’s CEO, Karen Addington, who is a BRIT advisor and will be supporting Phil on the final mile at Canary Wharf, said:

'Phil is an inspiration to each and every one of us and JDRF is deeply moved by the work that Phil does. This challenge particularly shows his courage and strength and is living proof that anything is possible. Phil is touched by the work that JDRF does and we are delighted to be able to support him on his last part of his journey and wish Phil and his team all the best with the new centre. A huge congratulations to Phil and I will look forward to joining him in his last mile – well done!'

JDRF joined the free BRIT map, a signpost for young people to find support groups and charities in their local area. On 18 December 2012 one charity will receive a cheque for £2,012 on the day.

Get involved

We will be joining in the walk on 18 December 2012 and we would like some of our JDRF Youth Ambassador to join us too. If you are free between 3 – 5pm on the day then please email Simon Mitchell at [email protected]  and we can provide you with further information.

The walk will approximately be 30 minutes and then there will be lots of cheering and potential photos and interviews opportunities afterwards.

 Here is Phil’s schedule if you wanted to cheer him on at any other location: 

1 Dec – Waltham Forest
2 Dec – Croydon, Sutton and Merton
3 Dec – Barnet, Enfield and Haringey
4 Dec – Lewisham and Southwark
6 Dec – Islington and Camden
7 Dec – Newham and Hackney
8 Dec - Hounslow, Ealing and Hillingdon
9 Dec – Redbridge, Havering, Barking and Dagenham
10 Dec – Bromley and Greenwich
11 Dec – Bexley
12 Dec – Westminster
13 Dec – Wandsworth and Lambeth
14 Dec – Harrow and Brent
15 Dec - Richmond and Kingston
16 Dec – Haringey
17 Dec – Hammersmith and Fulham, Kew and Chelsea
18 Dec – Tower Hamlets

You can follow Phil’s journey via FacebookTwitter and YouTube channel and for further information on Phil please visit http://www.philpacker.com/

27
Nov

Meet the man behind the Morph

Local man Matthew Wood, 39, has pledged to wear a blue Morph suit every day for a month to help raise awareness and funds for JDRF. 

Matthew’s challenge started on World Diabetes Day – 14 November 2012 – and he has continued with his day to day life as Morph attending client and Board of School Governors meetings, running his Scout and Brownie groups, doing charity circuit training sessions, seeing Gary Barlow in concert at the Royal Albert Hall tonight (27 November) and even meeting Santa Claus as Morph.

The man behind the Morph came up with this unusual fundraising challenge after his step-sister Caryn Bishop, a nurse from West Molesey, son Joseph was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2009, aged eight.

Joseph, a pupil at Twickenham Prep School, Hampton, become lethargic, was urinating excessively and had a constant thirst, even getting up in the middle of the night to drink from the bathroom tap. Caryn knew the symptoms of type 1 so visited her GP and they were sent straight to hospital, where this was confirmed.

Caryn said:

'After his first insulin injection, I remember Joseph asking me if he was better and I had to explain he would need these injections and finger prick tests for the rest of his life – it was heartbreaking explaining this to my eight year old son. Having to inject Joseph was not something I prepared myself for, nor was it in any parenting book, nor in my training as a nurse. I cried hysterically after he looked at me and said ‘its ok mum, it didn’t hurt’. Now some 9,000 finger prick tests and over 2,000 injections later Joseph receives insulin via a pump and does everything any other 11 year old does. He has learnt to control his type 1 instead of it controlling him.'

Joseph is just one of 29,000 children to live with type 1 diabetes in the UK, with 400,000 people living with the condition.

Matthew said:

'This was just one month out of my life and I wanted to do a challenge that was different. You will be pleased to know I have two suits which I alternate every day and approximately wear for 16 hours per day. Joseph, unfortunately, doesn’t have a break from type 1 and by doing this I hope to educate people about type 1 and the good work JDRF does in funding research to find the cure.'

To follow Matthew’s ‘Month as a Morph’ challenge, visit his Facebook page for daily updates http://www.facebook.com/matthew.wood.9484 and if you would like to donate please do so here: http://www.justgiving.com/MattsmonthasaMorph-Wood

12
Nov

Going, going, gone... Webroster’s charity auction raises over £700 for JDRF

JDRF is delighted to announce that Webroster Ltd has raised over £700 for JDRF in an online auction to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary.

Webroster has provided online workforce management solutions for the past 10 years, including the system issued widely in the care, security and cleaning industries to roster, manage and track staff. The auction celebrated Webroster’s 10th anniversary and ran from 10-24 October 2012. Customers were invited to participate by bidding on the 10 items that were up for auction. All items were donated by Webroster, its staff and suppliers. They ranged in value from home grown chillis to training days, a smartphone and football tickets. All items started the auction at £1 yet the highest bid was £250 for a support and development day with the Webroster team.

JDRF is a charity close to Webroster’s heart. Managing Director Nigel Gittins raised £1,760 for JDRF by cycling from London to Paris in 2010. He said:

'It is great to see so many of our customers getting involved in the auction to raise money for charity, everyone has been very generous and we are delighted to be celebrating our 10th anniversary by helping a worthwhile charity.'

Louise Ingham, JDRF Development Manager for London and South East, said:

'Thank you to all of Webroster’s fantastic staff and customers for their generosity and support for our efforts to find the cure for type 1 diabetes. Congratulations too to Webroster on reaching such an important milestone!'

03
Oct

Final chance to step out for type 1

Over the past few weeks JDRF has held three fantastic Walk to Cure Diabetes events, raising over £200,000 so far to support research into the cure. This Sunday is the final Walk to Cure Diabetes at Victoria Park, London – don't miss your final chance this year to step out for the cure.

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and Shadow International Development Minister, will be kick starting this year’s Walk to Cure Diabetes London at Victoria Park. There will be a 5km walk and a 10km run, as well as a shorter walk that’s perfect for little legs and pushchairs. This year is also the first year when the Walk Village will showcase stalls selling creative crafts, along with bouncy castles, face painting and refreshments. And don't forget your (and Rufus') fancy dress outfits - this year's theme is Teddy Bears' Picnic.

To get the crowd pumped up warm up acts will be provided by Fit for Sport, the UK’s leading healthy lifestyle activities provider plus instructor Stephanie Fanning will be doing some zumba moves.

Dean Horridge, CEO-Founder of Fit for Sport, will be supporting the cause. Dean is an ex-PE teacher at a prep school in Kensington, and knows first-hand about type 1 diabetes having been diagnosed with the life-threatening condition in 2001. He was fully aware of the symptoms, as his grandmother, father and his twin brother, plus Dean’s two brothers all have type 1. Dean manages his diabetes through an insulin pump which he has had for the past six years.

 Dean told us:

'Having type 1 myself, I wanted to support JDRF as it’s a great charity which is passionate about finding a cure. I try to manage my type 1 as best as I can, as I’ve seen first-hand what happens if you don’t - my father lost his life due to complications and bad management of the condition. I am a strong believer that you should control your type 1, instead of it controlling you.It’s not the end of life - it can be managed with education, awareness and individual/family commitment.'

New Cross resident and Haberdasher Aske High School pupil Eleanor Lotsu (pictured), 12, will be taking part in this year’s Walk. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was seven years old and is the only one in her family to have the life-threatening condition. Eleanor will be joined by mum Louise Shepherd, who said:

'Eleanor can sometimes find coping with type 1 diabetes difficult, but she refuses to let it get in the way of her enjoying life to the full and being able to do what she and every other teenager girl wants to.'

There is still time to step out for the cure at Victoria Park this Sunday - register now. You can also register on the day - click here to download our information pack with maps, schedule and information about the day.

13
Jun

Party in the Park raises over £460,000.00 to support type 1 diabetes research

Last night at ART ANTIQUES LONDON Party in the Park over £460,000 was raised for JDRF, who were the sole charity beneficiary. 

The New York pop stars Scissor Sisters made an exclusive intimate appearance at the dinner event with an acoustic set from Jake Shears and Babydaddy (pictured left with Karen Addington, JDRF Chief Executive). 

Auction prizes included a private performance by global music stars Florence + the Machine, a once in a lifetime, personalised week at The Masters 2013 for two people, and a sensational weeks stay for two people on the Serengeti National Park with a three night privately guided safari.  
JDRF is indebted to the Scissor Sisters who took time out from an incredibly busy schedule to come and support JDRF’s search to find the cure for type 1 diabetes. We are also immensely grateful to all those people who supported the event and bid for the auction items on the evening. 

This is a fabulous sum to raise which will support research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. We truly feel honoured to have been chosen to be involved in this prestigious event. 

Photos from the night can be viewed on our Flickr site here.

07
Jun

‘Spinning in the city’

Londoners raise money for JDRF

London office workers recently donned their cycling shorts to raise over £20,000 forJDRF. The ‘Spin to Cure Diabetes’ event challenged 33 teams of five to push their bodies to the limit over eight-minute interval sprints on static Watt bikes outside the Royal Exchange, London.

JDRF challenged Londoners to spend their lunch hour spinning to raise awareness and vital funding for type 1 diabetes research and were thrilled by the high uptake. Most competitors have either had a personal experience of type 1 diabetes or simply relished the competitive element of the event.

Teams included staff from Ascot Underwriting, Schroders, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal London Asset Management and Macquarie Group, the principal national supporter of the Spin to Cure Diabetes.

Macquarie Group worked with JDRF to host the fourth series of bike-a-thons in London,Birmingham, Bristol, and Leeds this summer, with Nuffield Heath supporting the event asFitness Partner. BOOM! Cycle, providers of indoor cycling classes, mceed the London event and bikes were provided by TEAMcycles.

The fastest team from Macquarie, ‘Agenor’s Army’, achieved a distance of 29,069 metres in forty minutes. Simon Coles from AON Benfield was crowned the ‘King of Spin’,covering 6,197 metres in eight minutes and Charlotte Peat from Schroders was crowned the ‘Queen of Spin’ with a distance of 5,042 metres.

Money raised by the event will help JDRF continue to fund important research needed to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. Around 400,000 people in the UK have type 1 diabetes, including 26,000 children and incidences of the condition are increasing at an alarming rate each year, particularly in children under five.Only research will find the cure and all money raised will bring JDRF one step closer to its goal of finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.

Caroline Hellicar, JDRF’s Director of Fundraising, said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere at the event, with participants cycling hard, the crowd roaring their encouragement and teams cheering each other on to get the best time of the day. We believe the London event will have raised more than £20,000, so this is a marvellous achievement and well done to all involved”.

David Fass, CEO, Macquarie Group, EMEA said: "Macquarie is proud to be a key supporter of JDRF in the UK and we were delighted when the Macquarie team triumphed, coming first against some incredibly strong competition. Events like this really help JDRF raise the profile of type 1 and we will continue to assist the Foundation in its important work for people with type 1 diabetes and their families.”

Visit www.spintocurediabetes.org.uk for further information.

30
May

Bid now for some ‘money can’t buy’ prizes

The ART ANTIQUES LONDON Party in the Park auction site is now open. Whether or not you will be attending the event on 12 June, this is your ideal opportunity to pledge your support for JDRF. We are truly delighted with the auction items on offer, with all proceeds helping to support our vital research into type 1 diabetes. 

Auction prizes include a private performance for up to twenty five guests by global music stars Florence + the Machine and other prize highlights include a sensational weeks stay for two people on the Serengeti National Park with a three night privately guided safari.

Participants can also bid for highly sought after tickets to the Ladies’ Final on Centre Court, Wimbledon, scheduled for Saturday 7 July and there is also the opportunity to bid for a chance to stay in a stunning, exquisite St Tropez Villa set in its own private 35 acres of grounds overlooking the Mediterranean, on the ‘right’ side of town.  

Or, how would you like a week’s stay for up to eight people in a fully catered, beautifully appointed private chalet, in the heart of the Les Tres Valley which boasts more than 600 km of ski trails, in the exclusive Cospillot enclave of Courchevel, France.

And, for all you golfers out there, how about a phenomenal, jaw dropping once in a lifetime trip for two people at the Masters in Augusta. Not only do you get tickets to the Wednesday Masters Practice Round and all Tournament Days. You can also revel in a round of golf at the prestigious Sage Valley Golf Course, with Rosie Jones, the former US Solheim Cup Captain, and 13-time winner on the LPGA Tour. You will have the pleasure of meeting three of golf’s greatest legends, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Every evening you will be treated to meals with your host Wayne Player in his home, giving you the opportunity to meet other guests and listen to captivating stories from the son of one of the world’s greatest golfers.

Another auction prize on offer is PGA Kent Open Championship Pro-Am entry for three golfers on 14 August 2012, which includes all meals and a round of golf with a top PGA Professional from the South of England.  

How to bid

Bidding for these ‘money can’t buy’ prizes couldn’t be easier – simply browse through the lots and follow the links. The auction will be held at the dinner at Party in the Park on Tuesday 12 June and online bidding is open until midnight on Sunday 10 June.

If you are not attending the dinner, and are the highest online bidder when the auction closes – we will contact you to make arrangements for bidding on the night.

For further information and to see in full all of the auction prizes on offer please visit: auction.jdrf.org.uk

 

If you want to be here on the night, there are still tickets available, please see ART ANTIQUES LONDON Party in the Park page for more details

22
May

JDRF selected as The PGA’s associate charity of the year

JDRF is delighted to announce that it has been selected by The Professional Golfers’ Association (The PGA) South as their associate charity of the year for 2012.

JDRF and The PGA will be working together to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, as well as encouraging members of The PGA to get involved with JDRF by taking on an exciting challenge or donating money. All funds raised will go towards supporting JDRF’s ground-breaking research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Sam Smith, Secretary of The PGA South, said: “Our members are a fantastic international mix and JDRF is the perfect charitable partner for us with its international reach, yet local focus. It is perfectly aligned with our own approach to business and serving the golfing community. We look forward to raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and raising funds for JDRF to benefit all those living with this pernicious condition”.

The partnership kicked off on 18 May 2012 with the PGA’s first event of the season, The PGA Woosnam-Faldo Challenge Pro-Am. With more events due to be announced over the coming months, a particular highlight of the season will be the JDRF Pro-Am golf tournament. Taking place on 13 September 2012 at the beautiful Stoke Park, teams of amateur golfers will be joined on the course by top golf professionals from the UK and further afield for an unforgettable day's golf. The PGA has also donated a variety of exciting golfing and non-golfing opportunities to JDRF for auction prizes.

The partnership is backed by Robert Coles (pictured), a PGA Member and European Tour Professional: “I know what it's like to have type 1 diabetes - I have lived with it since I was diagnosed in 1998. As a professional golfer when I play the course I also play my type 1, but with type 1 I never get a rest day. That is why I am so delighted to ask you to join me in supporting JDRF along with The PGA in finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.” 

Click here to find out more about The PGA and JDRF partnership, and to find out about upcoming events.